Who doesn’t love snack bars!?!! Especially when they are easy (like this recipe!) to put together, and you don’t even need to fire up your oven.
This just-sweet-enough recipe is packed with fiber and healthy fats. Just be sure to watch your portion sizes because they are addictive!
The great thing is that dates are low on the glycemic index so they’re safe to eat (in moderation, of course) for even diabetics.
- 1 cup (160 g) chopped dates
- 1 to 1½ cup (250 ml to 375 ml) hot water
- Cooking spray
- 1 cup (90 g) rolled (not instant) oats
- 1 cup (250 g) almond butter or other nut butter
- ¼ cup (16 g) cacao or cocoa powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- Soak the dates in hot water for 10 minutes (dates should be just barely covered) and drain, saving the water.
- While the dates are soaking, line an 8×8-inch (20x20cm) pan with parchment paper so that extra paper hangs over the edges (you’ll use this later to remove the bars from the pan). Coat the paper lightly with cooking spray.
- Place the oats in a blender or food processor and process until they turn into a flour-like consistency. Add the drained dates, nut butter, cacao powder and salt. Process until finely chopped.
- If the mixture is very dry or won’t process, add 1 tbsp of date water until it becomes more pliable/less dry.
- Remove from the processor/blender and spread into the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour so it will set.
- Remove from the pan and cut into 16 squares. These will keep about 4-5 days in the refrigerator.